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Old 08-24-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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Just curious about a term I keep hearing in our home sell feedback.

"House shows well" - what does that mean exactly?
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Clean, neat, well-kept.
Light, orderly, fresh.
Up to date, pleasant.
OK for the $$$, but they aren't buying for a different reason.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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We go into a lot of homes with bad decorating, sinks in the dishes, bad smells, ugly carpet and when you walk in you tend to go "Yuck". These homes do not show well to a potential buyer.

A house shows well when the home is staged well, clean, no smells, no clutter, etc. It's a good thing when a home shows well.

Showing well is a step toward selling but it must be priced well also.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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It means your house looks nice and has lots of appeal. Usually when I get this feedback it's because something is turning off the buyer other than the house. It might be the price is too high (in the end most problems can be solved by reducing the price). Alternatively, there may be some exterior factor that is turning off buyers. Are you near train tracks, the town dump, a water tower, high tension wires, are you the nicest house on the street, or is there some other negtive exterior feature?

I just listed a house (under contract currently) that was an absolutely beautiful, like new house. However, it was fairly close to the commuter rail tracks. It seems 99% of the feedback I got from agents was "house shows well."
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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Another term is "curb appeal". This means the home shows well as people drive up

Well maintained exterior
Neat and well maintained front yard.

It is the first impression as the potential buyer drives up.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Usually when I get this feedback it's because something is turning off the buyer other than the house.
^This.
Although it could be elemental issues like the 30 year old HVAC or Kitchen or roof etc too.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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We got that comment a lot, too. We worked hard for every showing, and it always "showed well." Unfortunately, most people didn't like the layout or the area. (But it sold!)
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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It's a very good thing when the house shows well. It means you will be more likely to get a buyer at a good price (note I didn't say higher than market price).

I have a listing that shows well. But the back yard isn't situated properly to put in a pool. In this area, that means a definite no to many buyers. Still looking for the buyer that doesn't want a pool!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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As a buyer, I agree with the above comments. You would not believe the number of houses I saw where a ton of make-up was on the bathroom counter, dirty clothes were on the bed and floor, and the house smelled of dog or cat or just kitchen garbage. Also, most of them had a LOT of family photos all over the place. How can I tell the mantle is a good size for my antique clock if there are 15-20 photos up there? Same thing in the kitchen - every gadget they owned was out on the counter.

Many houses show well but don't suit a particular buyer(s). Be glad yours shows well!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Examples of houses that don't show well.

Ugly House Photos — Phoenix Area Homes With Clutter, Ugly Décor, and Bad Taste
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